News / Moving the Mobile Industry Forward after MWC 2016
By Anurag Lal, Apr 12, 2016

This year’s Mobile World Congress was the largest it's been in the event’s history, surpassing 100,000 attendees. Over the course of four days, 12 keynote sessions and 48 in-depth tracks, the conference served as an exceptional platform for mobile industry leaders to connect, discuss and explore the latest trends in mobile.

I wrote an article in February on my predictions for the show this year. Now a little over a month since the show ended, it’s time to look back and see how the mobile industry is already moving forward from the key themes that emerged.

5G

My previous article talked about how 5G would be a major theme at Mobile World Congress, as it will have a huge impact on the Internet of Things. But 5G spans more broadly and has multiple facets that will impact everybody since it provides a mechanism to optimize spectrum utilization.

5G is becoming increasingly useful to support Virtual Reality for not only consumer use, but also for professional use in various industries, like healthcare. However, leaders in the telecommunications industry, such as Nokia and Verizon who were once at the forefront of this technology, are falling behind companies such as Facebook and Google who continue to push the limits.

While 5G will become vital to future innovations like VR, there are still around 4.2 billion people globally who do not have access to Internet. Google is aiming to provide accessibility through Project Loon, which uses balloons to fill coverage gaps and provide Internet to those without it. Facebook’s Internet.org initiative has also made strides by expanding Internet service to underserved parts of the world.

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